Whether it’s food, beauty, fitness, or pet care industry, the CBD trend is making its mark on just about every sector. What started with simple oral tinctures, capsules, and vaping solutions has involved into cosmetics, personal-care products, food, drinks, and other consumables – all enriched with cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD is an unstoppable trend that apparently has no limits. Its popularity has increased over the past few years, in response to the softening of Federal and local laws and the commercialisation of CBD oil. Just when you might think there was nowhere left for CBD to go, an unexpected new frontier has appeared.
Today, CBD is joining the fashion world with infused clothing, activewear, and even uniforms for hospital workers. CBD infused apparel is created in the hope of helping people that are prone to chronic pain, muscle soreness, and other ailments. While most people prefer to get potential benefits of cannabidiol from oils, salves, or creams, CBD clothes might be a promising method to receive a positive impact.
What Is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a natural substance that is extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plants and usually mixed with carrier oils like hemp seed, coconut, MCT, olive oil, etc. to get the well-known CBD oil. CBD doesn’t possess psychotropic or addictive properties, making it safe for use without causing a ‘high’ effect, euphoria, intoxication or addiction.
CBD works by interacting with the body’s cell-signalling endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is involved in most processes occurring in an organism such as anxiety, pain, inflammation, mood, immunity system, appetite, memory, etc. The receptors of ECS can be found throughout the body, including the skin that contains the highest concentration of cannabinoid receptors.
Also, CBD oil benefits include useful properties such as anti-inflammation, antibacterial, analgesic, soothing, and immune-boosting effects, which can help to sustain an optimal immune function, improved energy levels, pain relief and stress reduction with no severe side effects.
The Three Main Types Of CBD
Different extraction processes produce three types of CBD: isolate, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum. Their potency varies, which is why knowing about each one will help you decide the right CBD extract for you.
This is CBD in its purest form as all other cannabinoids, such as CBG, cannabigerol, and THC, have been removed. Plant extracts, like terpenes and flavonoids, are also removed, so there is no smell or taste. As CBD isolate does not include any other compounds, it may not provide as many effects as broad or full-spectrum CBD extracts. CBD isolate is a good choice for people that are new to CBD and those with a sensitivity to THC or other cannabinoids.
Broad-Spectrum CBD Extract
Broad-spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids and plant extracts, including terpenes and flavonoids. But like CBD isolate it contains no THC, therefore also making it a good choice for people who have a sensitivity to THC. Broad-Spectrum CBD tends to be the most popular option for consumers because the entourage effect can still be experienced, despite not having THC in it. This CBD extract is ideal for people who prefer all trace elements of THC removed, such as if they are required to take routine drug tests.
Full-Spectrum CBD Extract
Like broad-spectrum, full-spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids and plant extracts, which can help alleviate more health benefits. It also provides the entourage effect. But unlike broad-spectrum, full-spectrum contains THC – the legal amount, of course, which in the UK is currently 0.2%. Full-Spectrum CBD is ideal for those with severe ailments that isolate and broad-spectrum could not help with as it contains all compounds of the cannabis plant.
How Does CBD Infused Clothing Work?
You may be wondering, how do fabrics with CBD oil work? This process utilises technology called microencapsulation, wherein the CBD is infused into microscopic capsules that are layered into the fabric, and strategically positioned to align with muscle groups. When you wear CBD clothing, friction and body heat break the capsules to gradually release traces of CBD oil. The oil then penetrates into the skin as it would if you apply topical CBD product like lotion, salve, or cream.
Benefits of CBD Clothes
Should studies into the effectiveness of CBD clothing produce positive results, there’s limitless scope for this new subsector. In terms of benefits, those already working on CBD garments believe their cannabis-infused clothes could work in the following ways:
- May Help Relieve Pain
The pain-relieving properties of CBD could potentially be harnessed to directly target joint pain, reduce muscle spasms and relieve injuries. Ideal for fitness fanatics, professional sports persons and anyone recovering from an accident or injury.
- Reduce Inflammation
Not only are CBD-infused clothes great for calming injuries and painful joints, but they are also useful for soothing muscle soreness, which is a result of inflammation in the muscle. If you wear CBD clothes during physical activity, the CBD oil may help to lower inflammation and reduce subsequent recovery times.
- Decrease Oxidative Stress
CBD is a 30% stronger antioxidant than both vitamin C and vitamin E. CBD that is infused in clothes could therefore reduce oxidative stress in the body, which in turn reduces healing time of tissues and the process of recovery.
- Can Promote Homeostasis
Homeostasis is the way the body supports its internal balance and regulates vital functions. CBD is known to interact with the body in a way that assists with the balance and regulation of body temperature, anxiety, stress and so on. All benefits that could technically be enjoyed by wearing CBD clothing.
- May Improve Performance
Last but not least, as CBD has renowned anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, it could significantly improve the performance and endurance of those using it. Using CBD-infused clothes could therefore be a great addition to your gym bag, enabling you to perform at maximum capacity, improve stamina, enhance concentration and maximise energy levels throughout.